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  1. Senior Dems Monthly Meeting

    December 12, 2017 by admin

    When: Thursday, December 14, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803 (map)
    Description: Buncombe County Senior Dems monthly meeting. We will have a Pot Luck dinner. Please bring a covered dish to share or pay $5.00.
    RSVP: Nancy Detweiler at nancydetw@aol.com.


  2. Nina Turner President Our Revolution

    December 12, 2017 by admin

    Our Revolution opened our online store just in time for the holidays, and we want to make sure you have an opportunity to place your order to receive it in time! December 15 is the final day to receive your shipment by the end of the year.

    Visit our online store today and purchase our official, union-made merchandise before December 15!

    Order by December 15 to Guarantee Delivery Before December 25

    We’re closing out the end of the year strong and gearing up for a 2018 full of activism, voter participation, and victories. Your purchase in the Our Revolution store supports our union vendors who make merchandise here in the United States. It also supports the 500 local groups that Our Revolution members have independently formed as our fundraising goes to the organizing efforts we need to win back 1,100 state and federal seats across the country.

    Help our grassroots organization grow even stronger while wearing the official uniform of the political revolution. Visit Our Revolution’s online store before our end-of-year shipping deadline on Friday, December 15!

    Thank you for your continued and generous support. I can’t wait to see the Our Revolution t-shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers at our events, on social media, and on the trail in 2018.

    In solidarity,

    Nina Turner
    President
    Our Revolution


  3. Michael Phelan Social Security Works

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    Between the tax scam and Paul Ryan’s declaration of war on Medicare, we have our hands full. But even as we fight Donald Trump’s corporate takeover of our government, we need to recognize that this is a battle with many fronts.

    Trump has nominated Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as secretary of the department Health and Human Services. Azar will come into government directly from Eli Lilly, one of the biggest pharmaceutical corporations, where he oversaw massive price hikes on lifesaving medication like insulin. If Alex Azar is confirmed, Big Pharma will be able to save its lobbying dollars. But I don’t think they’ll be passing the savings onto you…

    Social Security Works is meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee ahead of a confirmation hearing next week. We need your signature to show that the American people won’t stand for Big Pharma running HHS—the part of the government that should be working for the people.

    Add your name: Big Pharma should not run the department of Health and Human Services!

    Alex Azar has repeatedly opposed measures to restrain drug company profiteering and limit improper marketing, and favors weaker drug safety approval standards. He has spent nearly a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, and has said that drug prices are not high enough. Americans already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world. We need a Secretary of HHS who will take on the drug companies, not pad their pockets!

    Stand with Social Security Works and demand the U.S. Senate reject any nominee for HHS who has direct ties to the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries.

    It’s time to stop the corporate takeover of America.

    Thank you,

    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works

    H Who We Are
    Social Security Works leads the fight every day to expand and protect our Social Security system. Become a member today.
    D Social Security Works: The Book
    From co-founders Nancy Altman & Eric Kingson, this book makes the powerful case that Social Security isn’t going broke and how expanding it will help us all.


  4. Please contact: Olympia Garrett Email: ucdnc7@gmail.com Phone: 828-424-7204 Visit Our Page on Face book and “Like Us”

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    United Community Development Cordially Invites You to a Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for the New Job Training and Social Enterprise Center

    Monday, December 18, 2017
    From 12 noon until 12:30 pm
    Dedication/Ribbon-cutting – Lower level of Worldwide Baptist Tabernacle Church
    85 Choctaw Street, Asheville, NC 28801

    Dedication Ceremony
    Conducted by:

    Rev. Damita J. Wilder, Pastor, Varick Chapel AME Zion Church
    And
    Pastor James A. Grant, And Sr. Pastor, Rev. Dr. Louis Grant, both of Worldwide Missionary Baptist Tabernacle Church

    From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
    Office of United Community Development of N.C., Inc.
    42 Water Street, Asheville, NC 28801
    Meet and Greet for Community Members, Board, Allies, Staff
    There will be Food, Beverages, and Live Music

    Free Shuttle at 11:30 a.m.– in front of 133 Livingston St.

    PLEASE RSVP BY 12/15/2017
    Please contact: Olympia Garrett
    Email: ucdnc7@gmail.com
    Phone: 828-424-7204
    Visit Our Page on Face book and “Like Us”


  5. John and Barbara at the Mexican Border

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    2-2017 Los Fresnos City Council to vote on Border Wall resolution, 6 pm
    3) 12-14-2017 LNG Resistance Movie Night in Brownsville, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
    4) 12-16-2017 LRGV Sierra Club meeting in Los Fresnos, 11 am to 1 pm
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    Monday 12-11-2017 Resist The Wall Meeting
    in McAllen, 6 to 8 pm

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    Today, Monday 12-11-2017, 6 to 8 pm, 801 E Fern, McAllen
    [In the large central conference room of the Executive Business Center building, the yellow and white building with a round tower at the center,]

    See Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/132948340718378/

    Groups and individuals are invited to join us as we plan outreach activities to fight the border wall in the RGV. Because of the appropriations talks in Congress happening between now and December 22, we’re doing a lot and would love you to join us! This is a planning meeting and not open to the press. If you would to schedule an interview, please contact the host pages.

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    Tuesday 12-12-2017 Los Fresnos City Council to vote
    on Border Wall resolution, 6 pm

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    City Hall, 200 N Brazil St, Los Fresnos, 6 pm (arrive early if you want to sign up to make a comment opposing The Wall)

    The Los Fresnos City Council will be voting on a resolution to oppose the Border Wall. If you can’t make it, call the city commissioners and voice your support for a resolution opposing the wall. Call City Hall at 956-233-5768. Or email them:
    Mayor Narvaez: pnarvaez@citylf.us
    Yolanda Cruz: ycruz@citylf.us
    Swain Real: sreal@citylf.us
    Javier Mendez: jmendez@citylf.us
    Bibi Garza: bgarza@citylf.us
    Juan Munoz: jmunoz@citylf.us
    See City Council meeting agenda at: http://losfresnoscitytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1128&Inline=True

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    Thursday 12-14-2017 LNG Resistance Movie Night
    in Brownsville, 6:00 pm

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    El Hueso De Fraile Coffee Shop, 837 E Elizabeth St, Ste D, Brownsville, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

    See Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/545531762465047/

    Save RGV from LNG is showcasing a short film about LNG export terminals, fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale, and the French banks financing LNG in the Valley. After the short films, we will discuss our accomplishments for 2017 and discuss what 2018 could look like for the Valley’s resistance to LNG! Hope you can make it!

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    Saturday 12-16-2017 LRGV Sierra Club meeting
    in Los Fresnos, 11 am to 1 pm

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    At the Bubbly Brew Tea House in Los Fresnos, 11 am to 1 pm.
    [In the plaza by Wells Fargo and Cricket at the intersection of Paredes Line Road / FM1847 / N. Arroyo Blvd.]

    See the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/186812325204879/

    16 cities and 3 counties in the RGV have passed resolutions opposing the border wall, including Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Brownsville, and Harlingen. Help plan to get Los Fresnos to stand with their surrounding communities.

    Other items during this meeting (time permitting):
    – Sierra Club report card on our elected officials
    – January Executive committee elections
    – LNG
    – Pipelines


  6. That’s why I’m running for Buncombe County Sheriff. Thank you, Quentin

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    I’m excited to announce that I’m running for Buncombe County Sheriff. As a Democrat and someone who was born and raised in Asheville, I know I’m qualified to bring modern policing techniques to Buncombe County in order to strengthen community policing and increase accountability and public safety.
    I will work to ensure that deputies and corrections staff are trained to address a wide variety of challenges including the opiate epidemic in Buncombe County and a growing mental health crisis.

    Since graduating from Asheville High in 1981 I’ve been able to see the world having served two overseas tours in Germany as a member of the U.S. Army. While stationed at Fort Bragg in 1985, I met Army Specialist Karen Sconiers and we have been married for 31 years. In addition to being blessed with six children we now have nine grandchildren! We have also fostered more than 100 children in our home since 2005.

    (Quentin and Karen Miller)
    My policy platform for the sheriff’s office is based on six pillars of modern policing and mirrors a report from President Obama’s task force on 21st Century policing.

    I joined the Asheville Police Department in 1994 having reached the rank of Sergeant, with 24 years of service. During that time I have served as a member of the Asheville Police Department’s original community policing unit “PACT”, where I was honored to receive Officer of the Year and the Overall Regional Award for initiating a midnight basketball program for at risk youth and a job training program for unemployed community members. I also ran a summer camp for at risk youth for nearly a decade.
    One in four kids across Buncombe County lives in poverty and too many of them end up in the criminal justice system before they have a chance to succeed in life.

    Solving the school-to-prison pipeline won’t happen overnight and I can’t do it alone. Too many kids (and adults) are being swallowed up by the opiate epidemic raging across Buncombe County. We must give our young people a second chance when they make a mistake as we rightly do to service members with our Veteran’s Treatment Court.

    That’s why I’m running for Buncombe County Sheriff.
    Thank you,
    Quentin Miller


  7. Randy Bryce can defeat Ryan with our help

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    This is INCREDIBLE news.

    POLITICO just reported on a brand new poll that shows we can beat Paul Ryan — and that voters are turning against him. Progressive champion Randy Bryce has major momentum right now — he is within 6 points of taking the Speaker of the House down, trailing just 46-40. And when voters learn about Bryce, his support grows even stronger.

    Paul Ryan’s district is completely winnable for Democrats. In fact, President Obama carried it in 2008. The relentless attacks the Ryan-led GOP Congress has been making on working families are already angering voters — and it’s about to get even worse.

    Ryan is already setting his sights on massive, unpopular cuts to Medicare and Social Security. On Wednesday, after passing a huge package of massively unpopular tax cuts for the rich, Ryan unbelievably told a talk radio host that cutting Medicare needs to be a priority because “that’s really where the real problem lies, fiscally speaking.”

    Paul Ryan is proving to his constituents that he doesn’t care about them — that he is clearly in Washington to serve his wealthy donors. And voters are getting fed up.

    Randy Bryce could beat Paul Ryan in 2018. But he’s going to need our help to get his message out. Can you chip in $3 or more right now to help Randy Bryce build a powerhouse campaign — and to support Democracy for America’s work to help him win?

    Randy Bryce’s boost in the polls is the clearest evidence yet that the immoral and offensive legislation Paul Ryan has been shoehorning through Congress is going to come back to haunt him — and all Congressional Republicans — in 2018.

    This poll found that when swing voters were reminded about Ryan’s work to rob people of their health care and give massive tax cuts to the 1%, the vast majority said they had serious doubts about being able to support him again.

    Randy Bryce is a fantastic candidate with deep roots in southeastern Wisconsin — and he is running on bold progressive values. He is a union leader, a vocal supporter of Medicare for All and a fighter for both racial and economic justice.

    We can send Paul Ryan packing — and elect an inclusive populist in his place. But rich GOP donors know what’s at stake, and they are lining up to spend big money to keep Ryan where he is. We need a surge of grassroots momentum in order to give Randy Bryce the resources he needs to tell his story to the voters.

    Can you help Randy Bryce and DFA build a powerful grassroots campaign in Wisconsin by pitching in $3 or more right now?

    Thanks for having Randy’s back. I can’t wait to put Paul Ryan out of a job.

    – Karli

    Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America

    DONATE


  8. Jim Zogby Our Revolution Board Member DNC Unity Reform Commission Member

    December 11, 2017 by admin

    Over the past year, I and seven other members appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders participated in the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission. While it was not an easy process, we worked to make much needed, and long overdue, changes to how the Democratic Party operates.

    In yesterday’s final Unity Reform Commission meeting, we sent the DNC key recommendations including:

    Reducing the number of unpledged “superdelegates” in the presidential nominating process by 60 percent.
    Electoral reforms and a process for rewarding states that have same-day registration, same-day party change, open primaries, and other measures that increase civic participation.
    Commitment to reevaluating allocation formulas so primary and caucus winners receive more pledged delegates.
    Commitment to reexamine the primary calendar, and offer incentives to states to ensure the calendar is appropriately spread out so voters in each state receive the necessary exposure to the candidates.
    Steps toward financial transparency and oversight, the creation of an Ombudsman Committee, and strengthening the conflict of interest provision.
    These recommendations are a start and our discussion of these topics over the past year have brought new voices to our side. Members of the political establishment have also joined the call for reform. Senator Tim Kaine, who was Secretary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, has come out in favor of eliminating superdelegates from the presidential nominating process. This is a good start, but there are still far too many who resist change and seek to uphold the status quo.

    Donate $5 to Our Revolution and help us continue the fight to open the Democratic Party to all people.

    Our Revolution is building solidarity with grassroots organizations across the country. Just last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution president Nina Turner held rallies across Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania rallying Americans against the GOP tax bill. These efforts are critical, but the Unity Reform Commission must affect change here in Washington if our organizing efforts are to be successful in the long term.

    We are fighting for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. The Democratic Party needs everyone, regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, country of origin, language, or socioeconomic status, to be deeply involved in order to change the course of this country. That’s why we are calling for an end to superdelegates, open primaries and caucuses, same-day registration, and more transparent, fair, and accountable leadership at the helm of the DNC.

    Make a $5 contribution to Our Revolution as we work in Washington to bring real, meaningful reforms to the DNC this weekend.

    Your generous support helps build the foundation upon which the people of this country can champion the issues that brought our movement together. Thank you.

    In solidarity,

    Jim Zogby
    Our Revolution Board Member
    DNC Unity Reform Commission Member


  9. YMDC Holiday PARTY @ SENATOR JEFF JACKSON’S HOME

    December 10, 2017 by admin

    YMDC Holiday PARTY @ SENATOR JEFF JACKSON’S HOME
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7PM – 9PM

    Address will be sent tomorrow evening!
    Last opportunity to renew your membership before our annual Holiday Party!

    Thank you to all those who have renewed your membership to the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County. We look forward to a wonderful holiday party with Senator Jeff Jackson and the Young Dems of Mecklenburg County!
    If you have not renewed your membership, we need your support! This is the final call for individuals before the address to holiday party will be sent out on Sunday!

    Please check this list to see if you are currently an active member of the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County at this link here.

    To renew or become a member, simply fill out this form and contribute $20 for your annual membership.

    Members of the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County will be sent an email on Sunday before the event with the address of Senator Jeff Jackson for the annual Holiday Party.

    We appreciate your support and Happy Holidays!

    -YDMC Executive Board


  10. Everytown for Gun Safety

    December 10, 2017 by admin

    Give a gift to the gun sense champions in your life, or just treat yourself! When Moms Demand Action volunteers show up at Congressional offices, town halls, state capitols, and community centers to demand change, we make sure we’re wearing our gear. Across the country, lawmakers can spot our power – and our shirts – a mile away! And now is the perfect time to get some great holiday items that supports the movement for you and your loved ones.

    Buy any product between now and December 17 to guarantee your delivery before December 23, and use code: TISTHESEASON for 20% off your order of $50 or more!

    Get your holiday orders in now to guarantee shipping before December 23!

    A portion of the proceeds go towards the fight to end gun violence in America.
    Don’t miss out on your chance to grab the best gift you can give to the gun sense champion in your life. Make a purchase between now and December 17 to guarantee your delivery before December 23 and take 20% off any order of $50 or more with code: TISTHESEASON.

    Have a wonderful holiday season,

    Shannon Watts
    Founder
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America